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Harborne Lecture Theatre, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading RG6 6AS
Thames Valley branch

Join the branch for an evening lecture from Professor Michael Benton

Feathers are a diagnostic characteristic of birds, and yet new fossils show feathers probably originated 100 million years before the first birds, and probably occurred in all dinosaur and pterosaur groups. From melanosomes identified in fossil feathers of dinosaurs, colours including black, white, grey, brown and ginger are inferred. 

The branch AGM will precede the lecture. All are welcome, but only RSB members may vote.

Speaker biography

Michael is professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Bristol. He was previously head of the schools of biological sciences and earth sciences at Bristol University. He is author of numerous papers and on dinosaurs and mass extinctions, and many books including his latest, The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History. He was made FRS in 2014.


All are welcome at this free event, with advance booking essential using the link at the top of the page.


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